Kotelnik upsets Rees for portion of junior welterweight title
LONDON -- WBA junior welterweight champion Gavin Rees lost the first defense of his title on Saturday, stopped in the final round by Ukraine's Andreas Kotelnik.
The Welshman was caught with a whipping right hand with less than a minute remaining of the 12th round and seconds later stumbled to the canvas.
He got back to his feet but was clearly a spent force after taking severe punishment and the referee stopped the fight. It was his first defeat in 28 professional contests.
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